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Adam Cobb

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: work and employment, income inequality, corporate ownership, retirement, human resources, welfare privatization, corporations and society, labor history

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2027 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: adamcobb@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: (215) 898-0990
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401

Overview

Adam Cobb’s research examines the historical development and reconfiguration of the employment relation. He is currently examining how corporate-financed welfare benefit plans help structure and support the relationship between workers in firms, how those structures have changed, and the ways in which individuals understand and respond to the changing nature of work. A second focus is on the role corporate disaggregation has played in rising income inequality in the U.S. over time. An over-arching theme in Adam’s research is examining the ways in which organizations can serve as promulgators of social change.

Research


  • Adam Cobb, Gerald F. Davis (Work In Progress), What explains the paradox of hierarchy? A cross-national exploration of corporate organization, finance, and economic inequality.
  • Adam Cobb (Work In Progress), Whose interests are being served? Owners, employees and the fraying employment contract.
  • Adam Cobb, Flannery G. Stevens (Work In Progress), These unequal states: Corporate organization and economic inequality across the US States.
  • Adam Cobb (Work In Progress), Modeling country-level income inequality: The role of organizations and politics.
  • Marc Lavine, Adam Cobb, Christopher Roussin (Work In Progress), When saying less is something new: Social movements and frame contraction processes.
  • Tyler Wry, Adam Cobb, Howard E. Aldrich (2013), More than a metaphor: Assessing the historical legacy of resource dependence and its contemporary promise as a theory of environmental complexity, Academy of Management Annals, 7 (1), 439 - 486.  
  • Adam Cobb (Work In Progress), Unhappy in its own way? The effect of family ownership on the structuring of the employment contract. .
  • Gerald F. Davis, Adam Cobb (2010), Corporations and economic inequality around the world: the paradox of hierarchy. In A. Brief & B. M. Staw (Eds.), Research in Organizational Behavior  
  • Gerald F. Davis, Adam Cobb (2010), Resource dependence theory: past and future, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 28: 21-42.  

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Teaching

 

MGMT 104:  Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management

The focus of Management 104 is the economic and institutional constraints on organizations in the formulation and implementation of human resources management policies and strategies in the United States and, as appropriate, internationally. The specific constraints discussed are labor markets (external and internal), labor laws (governing employment policies and employee relations), and labor unions (and the threat thereof). Particular attention is paid to the relationship of these constraints to the competitiveness of American enterprise in the global economy.

Courses

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  • MGMT104 - Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

    The focus of Management 104 is the economic and institutional constraints on organizations in the formulation and implementation of human resources management policies and strategies in the United States and, as appropriate, internationally. The specific constraints discussed are labor markets (external and internal), labor laws (governing employment policies and employee relations), and labor unions (and the threat thereof). Particular attention is paid to the relationship of these constraints to the competitiveness of American enterprise in the global economy.